What We Do in the Shadows: A Vampire Comedy

What We Do in the Shadows is a New Zealand horror comedy mockumentary about four vampires who share a house together.

It’s directed and written by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement who also play Viago and Vladislav in the movie.

Let’s meet them.

This is Viago. He likes not getting burned by sunlight, cleaning, music and younger women. 379 years old.

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Cutely checking to see if it’s safe to open the curtains.

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He’s adorable.

Next, we have Deacon. He is a cool guy who can be a bit hot-tempered. He hates doing house work, especially the dishes.

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Deacon telling the audience how he became a vampire.

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But he loves knitting and scaring his victims before he eats them. 183 years old.

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Our next flatmate is called Vladislav. Aka Vlad the Poker. 862 years old.

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Always remember to knock. He can be… busy.

He is also, as you can see, fabulous.

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He likes poetry, painting and taking selfies.

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Vlad reading poetry

And my personal favorite, Petyr. 8000 years old. Old-fashioned. Likes chicken. A bit messy but practical.

Doesn’t really say much, but just look at him.

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He’s also very pretty.

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One of the best things about the movie is that yes, it’s hilarious, thankfully. And it introduces very likeable characters who fit well together.

The use of illustrations and photos instead of flashbacks is simplistic but it works.

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Physical comedy and delivery are the strong suits of the actors, who know exactly what to do to make you laugh.

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Deacon imitating Petyr.

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Flat meeting, Vlad is giving the camera an Office style stare as Deacon and Viago argue.

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Deacon washing the dishes, an act he calls “bullshit”

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Viago helping Petyr with personal hygiene

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One of Vlad’s many skills

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Deacon dancing for Viago and Vlad.

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Vladislav’s face.

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playing with guests.

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Viago working his charm.

For me, every scene the others interact with Petyr is the best.

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The movie can surprise you with its heartwarming and cute moments.

I still find myself quoting it.

Watch the trailer and the first ten minutes.

And go see it if you can because it will make you happy.


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